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Old January 29, 2006, 11:42 AM   #1
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Taurus 608SS6

Helo I am new here and to shooting. Looking for feed back about Taurus, the model 608SS6, and general info.

I am thinking of buying a 608 because I like that it is a 357MAG on the large frame which means bigger grips for my hand, and it is an 8 round instead of 6. Any info or opinions good or bad would be appreciated.
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Old January 29, 2006, 12:24 PM   #2
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I own one and absolutely love it. as Taurus puts it , they have "Hand fitted actions smooth as silk and crisp triggers right out of the box!" I can atest to this that mine certainly was . One of the best triggers I've ever had out of box.

They're also hammer forged from chrome-moly or stainless steel .

Mine is amazingly accurate. When firing off even the heaviest .357 rounds at the range ... the recoil is negligable to me. The sheer weight of the gun and barrel porting tame recoil very well.

I now have about 1200 rounds through mine and the only problem that has developed is the barrel gets really hot after 2-300 rounds.
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A The number of Doctors in the U.S. is approximately 700,000
B Accidental deaths caused by Doctors per year average 120,000 or 0.171 per Doctor
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A The number of legal gun owners in the U.S. is currently over 80,000,000
B The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1500 or .000188 per gun owner

Statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000x more dangerous than gun owners

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Old January 29, 2006, 02:07 PM   #3
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My 608SS4

Ditto in respect of Petre's comment regarding my 608SS4".

I've never been to the range and not gotten compliments about it. Mean look, accurate (despite me), truely manageability... I also own a S&W686 6"SS, another excellent piece. But I find myself accompanied by the 608 much more often than by the 686.

I'm totally satisfied.
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Old January 29, 2006, 06:51 PM   #4
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Glad to hear good reviews. The store I'm going to is asking a little over 400 is this a fair price?
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Old January 29, 2006, 07:35 PM   #5
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About right

I paid more than $100 more for my 686, which cost me about $530. So I think the $400 range is about what I must have paid for my 608 SS4. I can't put my hand on the receipts.
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Old January 30, 2006, 05:29 AM   #6
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I have a Taurus M44SS6 (the 6.5" 44 mag version of the bellygun you're looking at). I absolutely love it. I'm betting you would be very happy the the 357 version...
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Old January 30, 2006, 07:08 AM   #7
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I've got an older one with fixed sights, 3 inch barrel and no porting. Other than the grips (which I hate and can't find after market ones for this model) it's been a fine shooter.

One word of caution, though...after a heavy range session with lead ammo the cylinder starts to drag on the forcing cone. This usually happens around 150 rounds on my gun and I've heard of other owners saying the same thing. Bring a towel or boresnake and wipe down the forcing cone occasionally.

Just for reference, I paid 270 bucks for mine used. It was going to be the perfect CCW but it's just too heavy for me. I now use it as a nightstand gun.
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Old January 30, 2006, 10:35 AM   #8
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This happens to every brand of revolver I've ever owned or tried and I've tried em all.

The tighter the tolerance between the cylinder and cone the sooner it's likely to happen. What you just described is a gun with good and tight tolerances .

Some will tell you that Taurus' don't have this. That the acceptible factory tolerance is too high and thus they must not be that tight. They'd be wrong.

Tight is good. Loose means your losing pressure as it passes this area.
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DOCTORS
A The number of Doctors in the U.S. is approximately 700,000
B Accidental deaths caused by Doctors per year average 120,000 or 0.171 per Doctor
GUNS
A The number of legal gun owners in the U.S. is currently over 80,000,000
B The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1500 or .000188 per gun owner

Statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000x more dangerous than gun owners

Remember, Guns don't kill people, DOCTORS do
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Old January 30, 2006, 11:05 AM   #9
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I have also particularly heard of the binding forcing cone issues with Taurus titanium revolvers. I am told that the fix, performed by Taurus, is to give the forcing cone a few strokes with a flat file.
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Old January 30, 2006, 11:19 AM   #10
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I don't know if thats true or not but sadly , the real fix is to clean the end of the forcing cone and face of the cylinder. Then ... Send the gun and a letter back to the owner instructing them on how to clean their gun. :barf:

When you're at the range or just out shooting , you should be wiping the fresh powder burns off these surfaces with a rag , every 4-5 loads . I keep these surfaces lightly lubricated , which I think aids slightly in cleaning after shooting.

Anyone that increases this gap is doing themselves a diservice . By increasing this gap , you take away velocity.
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DOCTORS
A The number of Doctors in the U.S. is approximately 700,000
B Accidental deaths caused by Doctors per year average 120,000 or 0.171 per Doctor
GUNS
A The number of legal gun owners in the U.S. is currently over 80,000,000
B The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1500 or .000188 per gun owner

Statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000x more dangerous than gun owners

Remember, Guns don't kill people, DOCTORS do

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Old January 30, 2006, 01:39 PM   #11
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Anyone that increases this gap is doing themselves a diservice
I agree with you 100%. I wasn't trying to imply that the tight tolerance was a defect in the gun! I'm just passing along a bit of information so we don't have another "my Taurus is jamming" thread a month from now...

I can honestly say, out of a collection of about 20 revolvers now, the Taurus has the smallest gap between the cylinder and forcing cone of anything else I own. It also has the best blueing of any gun I own...
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Old January 30, 2006, 02:21 PM   #12
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Agreed ...

As I stated in another thread , the little 85SSUL I have is close to being the tightest gun I've ever owned.

The finish on the 3 Tauri I have is perfect , not one has ever failed to perform as it should (Unlike some other brands I have or have had that I will not mention)

The generalized Taurus bashing is really ridiculous.

EVERY BRAND has had problems at one time or another.

I chose my 608 when I was looking for a S&W 627-5. The Performance Center Smith was almost unshootable and the lock up was loose on a $1000 gun. The 608 was hands down the better gun at any price and for what I bought it for I coulda bought 2 and had $100 left over for bullets. Smoother trigger and tighter lockup.

To me that's simply ridiculous.
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DOCTORS
A The number of Doctors in the U.S. is approximately 700,000
B Accidental deaths caused by Doctors per year average 120,000 or 0.171 per Doctor
GUNS
A The number of legal gun owners in the U.S. is currently over 80,000,000
B The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1500 or .000188 per gun owner

Statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000x more dangerous than gun owners

Remember, Guns don't kill people, DOCTORS do
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Old January 30, 2006, 08:25 PM   #13
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Model 608, blue, 6.5" barrel, 3200 rounds so far, and it's still tight.

The one, and only one, thing I don't like is cleaning the lead out of the integral compensator.

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Old February 1, 2006, 07:11 PM   #14
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I was in the store holding a Taurus 44 supposed to be same frame as 608 and a S&W 868 the grips look the same but the S&W feel a little better I thought there were the same by different manufactures.
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Old February 1, 2006, 07:29 PM   #15
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The grips won't be the same. Grips can be changed.
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DOCTORS
A The number of Doctors in the U.S. is approximately 700,000
B Accidental deaths caused by Doctors per year average 120,000 or 0.171 per Doctor
GUNS
A The number of legal gun owners in the U.S. is currently over 80,000,000
B The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1500 or .000188 per gun owner

Statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000x more dangerous than gun owners

Remember, Guns don't kill people, DOCTORS do
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Old February 1, 2006, 09:25 PM   #16
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I read above that grips are hard to find, is there one out there that will make the 608 have more of the S&W feel?
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Old February 6, 2006, 02:21 PM   #17
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Just in case anyone was wondering I went with the S&W because the factory grips felt better to me. Can't wait to go shooting later this week.
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Old July 22, 2010, 09:33 PM   #18
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My Taurus Experience

I accedentally double charged 18gr total of unique instead of the usual 9gr. It hurt my hand made the case hard to remove. But there was no damage to my revolver. I own a m44 6.5" barrel 2006 44 magnum shooting mostly 240gr bullets I cast myself. I paid $365.00 for the weapon and couldn't be happier. I know Ruger and Smith are supposed to be better but Taurus makes a damn good revolver. Also I'm confused when I saw that Taurus' would jam? I assume they mean an auto. The only complaint it that the rear sight could have been better engineered. Anyone know of a place I could buy a superior replacement?
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Old July 23, 2010, 12:37 AM   #19
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My 608 4" shot about 3000 round mostly .357 factory with no problems, good gun. I sold it to my brother with good faith, at least this particular Taurus. Replaced it with a S&W model 327 R8 M&P. The Taurus was nice but my 327 is nicer.
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Old May 5, 2013, 11:56 PM   #20
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Very happy to see positive response

I am relatively new to guns and read a lot of great stuff on Taurus revolver. I liked that the pricing was easier to swallow than S&W 686 and also liked the 8 round capacity. I decided to go with the Taurus and haven't received yet, but very happy to find out that so many of you like this pistol and can't wait to get mine and try it out. Thank you for helpful feedback everyone.
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